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32 facts about 32: The numbers that defined Jim Brown

Brown, the legendary Browns running back who passed away, will always be defined as one of the most dominant players in NFL history


· Born James Nathaniel Brown in St. Simons Island, Ga. on February 17, 1936.

· Cleveland's No. 1 draft choice (sixth overall) in 1957.

· Despite playing just 118 games, he still ranks among the NFL all-time leading RBs in rushing average (third), rushing touchdowns (sixth) and rushing yards (11th). 

· Led the NFL in rushing during eight of his nine seasons. 

· Led the league in touchdowns five seasons. 

· A statue of his likeness was unveiled outside the southeast corner of Cleveland Browns Stadium in 2016.

· Founded the Amer-I-Can Program in 1988. The program works in schools, prisons and communities across the country. 

· Member of the NFL 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, 75th Anniversary All-Time Team and 100th Anniversary All-Time Team. 

· Named to the NFL's 1960s All-Decade Team.

· Helped the Browns to three NFL Championship games, including capturing the title in 1964. 

· Attended Manhasset High School in Manhasset and earned 13 varsity letters in five sports: football, lacrosse, baseball, basketball and track.

· Enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame in 1971. 

· Enshrined in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1984. 

· Enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995. 

· No other Browns player has worn his legendary No. 32 since his retirement in 1965.

· Selected to nine consecutive Pro Bowls. 

· Three-time NFL MVP (1957, 1958 and 1965), the only non-QB in NFL history to win the award three times. 

· Named NFL Rookie of the Year in 1957. 

· First player in NFL history to eclipse 10,000 career rushing yards. 

· Rushed for 12,312 yards on 2,359 career carries in 118 games. 

·  When he retired he held the NFL record for rushing attempts, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. 

· Inducted into the Cleveland Browns Ring of Honor. 

· Syracuse retired his No. 44. 

· Multisport athlete at Syracuse as he also participated in basketball, track and lacrosse. 

· As an actor, appeared in films ranging from 1964-2014. 

·  While at Syracuse, earned All-American honors in football and lacrosse and was one of the basketball team's top scorers.

· Only player in NFL history to average more than 100 rushing yards per game. 

· Still Cleveland Browns record holder in numerous categories including career rushing yards (12,321), career rushing touchdowns (106), most total touchdowns (126), most total touchdowns in a season (21 in 1965), rushing yards in a season (1,886 in 1963), rushing touchdowns in a season (17 in 1958 and 1965), rushing average for a season (6.40 in 1963) and most rushing touchdowns in a game (five at the Baltimore Colts on Nov. 1, 1959). 

· Never missed a game in any of his nine NFL seasons.

· In February 2023, the NFL announced it had renamed its league rushing title as The Jim Brown Award.

·  His final season, he led the NFL in rushing yards with 1,544. The total was 677 more yards than runner-up Gale Sayers.

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